National Immunization Awareness Week

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is an annual event held in the last week of April to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. Canada’s NIAW coincides with Vaccination Week in the Americas and World Immunization Week.

During NIAW, you will see increased publicity about the importance of immunization and the success and impact that immunization has had in protecting and saving lives. Many organizations, in Canada and around the world, participate in international strategies to raise awareness about the important role of vaccines.

Immunize Canada thanks you for having helped to celebrate National Immunization Awareness Week with us from April 21 to 28, 2018.

NIAW2018 media release (20 April 2018): Avoiding preventable illness is key to the health of Canadians.

#NIAW2018   #VaccinesWork   #GetVax


Immunize Canada is going green! Please note that, as of spring 2018 and once stocks are depleted, Immunize Canada will no longer be providing printed resources. The following resources are available for download only; you are welcome to print them. All our resources will remain available online for free, and will be kept up to date! If you have questions, or if you wish to obtain high-resolution files for printing, or if you require adaptation of any Immunize Canada resource, or insertion of your organization’s logo, please contact the Immunize Canada Secretariat.

NIAW2018 logo


NIAW2018 poster (PDF: 730KB)


Please contact Immunize Canada to obtain a high-resolution, print-ready file.


Images for social media: Immunity is your defense against disease. Get immunized.







Celebrate NIAW2018 with these activities:


National Immunization Awareness Week 2018 in your community!

Use our sample Proclamation.


about immunization with these credible online resources.


your own immunization awareness activities in your community. Download our Awareness Campaign Ideas - Get your community involved resource.


  • your plans and ideas for Immunization Awareness Week activities with your colleagues across Canada! Contact us and send us your ideas/plan/suggestions. Get ideas from our Awareness Campaign Ideas resource.
  • messaging promoting immunization and NIAW2018, via social media.


Read a short article about Canada’s National Immunization Awareness Week.

Other resources


Read. Learn. Understand. False claims about homeopathic nosodes

(PDF: 195 KB)


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Teacher's Kit: Integrating immunization education into the Grade 6 curriculum

Provides teachers with resources and ideas organized by curriculum subject matter that may be used to preparing Grade 6 students with their poster contest entries. Revised in 2018.


Immunize Canada thanks the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto for reviewing this kit.


(PDF: 7.9 MB)

Winning posters: National Immunization Poster Contest


National Winner


National Runner-up


More winning posters

Visit the Government of Canada website for additional immunization and vaccine awareness resources. 

Last Updated: 12 July 2018